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Thomas Tuchel backs ‘decisive’ Romelu Lukaku to play for Chelsea ahead of return

Chelsea have started in the Premier League and Europe despite their record-breaking £ 97.5million striker sidelined with an ankle injury last month.

A run of unbeaten streaks across all competitions has included crushing wins over Norwich and Juventus – but Tuchel is adamant Lukaku’s return can’t come soon enough.

The Belgian is likely to start on the bench against Manchester United on Sunday and the Chelsea manager said: “He’s a great professional and a great, a great striker. He will be great and he is actually very important right now.

“We miss all of our players when they are injured and we will need Romelu a lot.”

Lukaku still need to replicate the form he showed when Inter Milan were sacked for the Italian title last season – not having scored in his last seven games before his injury.

It came after a breathtaking start, in which he scored four goals in as many games following the transfer of his club record from Inter.

But Tuchel insists he played an important role in Chelsea’s impressive start to the season – even when he’s out of action.

“People are looking for a reason why things are going one way or the other,” he said. “But life is not like that and life is not that easy and life in a football team is not that easy.

“But we are shining so hard that Romelu has done the hard work before. He has already scored very decisive goals for us, to bring us into a position where young players and other players can take over, step in and show their qualities.

“We started strong when we started the season with Romelu.

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“The things he brings like when he’s in the locker room, in the building even when he’s injured, he’s here every day, positive, determined, he pushes everyone.

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